40 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-6-19

  1. Knee jerk reactions are bad. Just think it all thru first, that’s all I ask. We’re not Democrats…..



    “Graham Announces Gun Confiscation ‘Red Flag’ Legislation Backed By Trump”

    “GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday he plans to introduce a bipartisan “red flag” gun confiscation bill that will have President Donald Trump’s support.

    Graham announced he had reached a deal with Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal to create a federal grant program to help states establish “red flag” laws, or laws that facilitate gun confiscation when a threat is detected, according to a statement.

    “I have reached an agreement with Senator Blumenthal to create a federal grant program to assist and encourage states to adopt ‘Red Flag’ Protection Order laws to timely intervene in situations where there is an imminent threat of violence,” the South Carolina senator said.

    Graham, the Senate Judiciary chairman, also indicated that his legislation has Trump’s support. “I spoke with the President this morning about this proposal and he seems very supportive,” he said.”


  2. Now we really need to discuss the reprehensible behavior of Democrats since these shootings occurred.



    “Most or all of the Democratic presidential contenders rushed to blame President Trump for the mass shooting in El Paso. This is deeply contemptible. There were mass murders during the Obama administration too, so was Obama responsible for them? Of course not. But the most egregious Democrat is Bernie Sanders, who pontificated:

    I am sure that President Trump does not want anybody in this country to go around shooting other people. But what he has got to understand is that when you have language that is racist, that is virulently anti-immigrant, there are mentally unstable people in this country who see that as a sign to do terrible, terrible things. I think the president has to stop the racism and that xenophobia immediately.

    The guy who murdered 20 or so in El Paso had no connection to the president. Has Bernie already forgotten James Hodgkinson, his own campaign volunteer, whose Facebook page was festooned with Bernie graphics and anti-Republican hate, and who tried to slaughter the entire Republican Congressional baseball team, severely wounding House Whip Steve Scalise? Apparently so. The El Paso murderer, unlike Hodgkinson, was not a Trump campaign volunteer.

    The Democrats really need to decide. Is it appropriate to criticize politicians and their policies, or not? On the other hand, is it bad to make false and outrageous allegations–let’s just take one at random, that Donald Trump conspired with Vladimir Putin to steal the presidency–and repeat them, against all evidence, for political gain, even though it is foreseeable that the hate they foment could turn violent? As it has many times with Antifa?”


  3. Like I said….. disgusting.


  4. Never let a crisis go to waste, right Dems?



  5. An inconvenient truth.


    “From El Paso to Antifa to LA: America the Insane”

    “Predictably, Beto O’Rourke fairly sprinted down to his hometown of El Paso to blame Donald Trump for the city’s mass murders in the hope of reigniting the Texan’s failing presidential campaign. But if you read the gunman’s manifesto, you would find the murderer as much in agreement, possibly more so, with Elizabeth Warren and O’Rourke himself than with Trump. The shooter wants universal healthcare and a guaranteed income. He also wants to kill Mexicans and to partition the country into equal race-based sections, a kind of identity politics taken to the nth power, not that any of this matters. The man is clearly insane, as was the now-deceased Dayton killer who was reportedly a Democrat and a Satanist, planning on voting for Warren, as well as, of course, being mentally ill. (“I want socialism, and i’ll [sic] not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding,” the Dayton shooter tweeted.)

    This is obviously not politics in any rational sense, although we are hearing endless political statements from pols anxious to exploit the tragedy. It’s about craziness. An epidemic is sweeping the country and has been for some time. Mass shootings are only one manifestation, although arguably the most horrible and extreme one.

    It may not immediately seem to be so, but the expanding homeless populations all over the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle are another salient example. These people are hugely disturbed, unwilling to live in shelters, some quite well-equipped, that have been built for them. They prefer to live in tents more hospitable to their lifestyle that frequently involves drugs and to be left alone with their delusions while defecating on the sidewalks. Neighborhoods are being destroyed as a result.

    And then there’s Antifa. Is running around in masked costumes smashing windows and beating people in the name of fighting “fascism” an example of sanity or derangement? Obviously the latter. Antifa is yet another tragedy waiting to happen. Their mirror images, white supremacist groups, are similar manifestations of severe emotional disturbance with obvious violent implications.

    All these people and groups are connected by their high level of psychological disturbance. Their number is small, even tiny, compared to the total population, but our population is approaching a giant 330 million. If only one-tenth of one percent of that number is seriously disturbed, that’s 330,000 dangerous nut cases (excuse the non-clinical terminology) walking around in our country.

    Because of the sclerotic politics that we all have been living with since we were born, most of the discussion this week will be focused on gun control. It will be largely symbolic and almost entirely irrelevant. Ban AR-15s or not, people who wish to wreak havoc will have no trouble getting the weapons to do it. We’ve already seen that in places like Chicago and Paris that have stringent gun laws, yet have seen catastrophic gun violence.

    The real discussion should be about mental health, not weaponry, but the former is far more difficult to deal with. Indeed, it’s almost overwhelming. Ex post facto, almost all these mass murderers are easily classified as mentally ill, but only rarely are they interdicted in advance. Law enforcement agencies, school administrators and other authorities have been reluctant to take action to prevent the disturbed from acting out for fear of repercussions to themselves or simply out of lassitude. This is not only true for the potential shooters, but it also helps explain why nothing has been done about the tent cities turning our most beautiful cities into Third World cesspits. Or the government in Portland allowing Antifa to run rampant. No one wants to be an adult anymore.”


  6. And in other news…..

    If you own stock in Gillette, you should have already dumped it. How nice for shareholders that the CEO has decided that being woke is more important than making money for shareholders.


    “Coincidence? After Gillette’s Toxic Masculinity Campaign, Company Takes $8 billion Non-cash Writedown

    Maybe don’t tell your entire customer base that they’re terrible human beings?”

    “Wading into progressive politics comes at a price, especially when doing so involves telling your largest consumer base that they’re terrible people.

    Earlier this year, Proctor and Gamble’s Gillette launched a campaign against the much maligned and arguably completely fictional “toxic masculinity.” The campaign was widely and rightly criticized.

    According to Reuters, P&G reported a $5.24 billion net loss:

    P&G reported a net loss of about $5.24 billion, or $2.12 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, due to an $8 billion non-cash writedown of Gillette. For the same period last year, P&G’s net income was $1.89 billion, or 72 cents per share.

    Cincinnati-based P&G, which operates in 80 countries, sells Gillette razors, gels and foams worldwide and said the writedown was due primarily to currency fluctuations – enduring strength in the U.S. economy in recent years has strengthened the dollar. The charge was also driven by more competition over the past three years and a shrinking market for blades and razors as consumers in developed markets shave less frequently. Net sales in the grooming business, which includes Gillette, have declined in 11 out of the last 12 quarters.

    “Initial carrying values for Gillette were established nearly 14 years ago in 2005. … New competitors have entered at prices below the category average,” Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller said on a call.

    Gillette has lost a fair amount of business to competitors like Dollar Shave Club. The toxic masculinity campaign was an attempt to gain favor with the millennial crowd and not one its CEO regrets.”


    Shareholders lose money so the CEO can virtue signal.


  7. My favorite kind of Democrat….. the speechless ones. 🙂


    “In their first four debates, the Democratic presidential candidates did not have much to say about the overall health of the economy — and what little they did have to say was out of step with the public.

    They’re at the mercy, to some extent, of the questions the moderators ask. They’re also differentiating themselves from one another, and talking about issues like health care and criminal justice — where their records and positions differ in ways that matter to Democratic voters — is more useful for that purpose than talking about jobs and wages.

    But there’s another reason the Democratic candidates aren’t steering the conversation to those bread-and-butter topics. Today’s economy creates a political challenge they have not figured out how to meet.

    There was, by contrast, a natural message for their party’s presidential candidates in the elections from 1992 through 2016. In 1992, 2004 and especially 2008, they were able to run against Republicans’ stewardship of the economy. In the first two cases the economy had emerged from recessions but it didn’t feel that way to a lot of voters; in the third the economy seemed to be melting down. In 1996, 2000, 2012 and 2016, 1 they could run on continuing the economic expansions that Democratic presidents had overseen.

    At the moment, Democrats are faced with a problem they have not faced since 1988: running to take the White House from the Republicans at a time when the economy has clearly been growing. It is true that the economy hasn’t hit the marks that Donald Trump and his advisers promised, such as a 3% annual growth rate. It is true, as well, that there are some signs of economic weakness.

    Yet the Labor Department’s jobs report on Friday showed that unemployment has fallen to levels not seen in half a century and wages are growing. Inflation remains subdued. Since 2001, Gallup has been asking Americans if they think it’s “a good time to find a quality job.” In May, a record 71% said yes.”


  8. The progressive regression.


    “If there’s anything productive to come from his recent Twitter storm, President Trump’s recent crude attacks on Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings have succeeded in bring necessary attention to the increasingly tragic state of our cities. Baltimore’s continued woes, after numerous attempts to position itself as a “comeback city,” illustrates all too poignantly the deep-seated decay in many of our great urban areas.

    Baltimore represents an extreme case, but sadly it is not alone. Last year our three largest urban centers — New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — lost people while millennial migration accelerated both to the suburbs and smaller, generally less dense cities. These demographic trends, as well as growing blight, poor schools, decaying infrastructure and, worst of all, expanding homelessness are not merely the result of “racism” or Donald Trump, but have all been exacerbated by policy agendas that are turning many great cities into loony towns.

    Politics run amok

    Take tech rich San Francisco, where decades of tolerance for even extreme deviant behavior has helped create a city with more drug addicts than high school students, and so much feces on the street that one website has created a “poop map.” In Southern California’s far more proletarian city of Los Angeles, we have a downtown filled with overbuilt, overpriced apartments and is, like Baltimore, being overrun with rats. A UN official last year compared conditions on the city’s Skid Row to those of Syrian refugee camps.

    One would think such nasty problems would spark something of a political rebellion, as seen in previous decades with the rise of successful, pragmatic mayors — Bob Lanier and Bill White in Houston, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg in New York, and Richard Riordan in Los Angeles. But so far, at least, many of today’s big city mayors seem more interested in bolstering their “resistance” bona fides than governing effectively.

    Los Angeles’ Eric Garcetti, for example, speaks enthusiastically about his own “green new deal” and turning the city into a transit Valhalla even as blight and homelessness expand inexorably. The mayor is less rhapsodic about practical things that people actually need, such as decent roads, reliable water supply or electricity.

    Economic growth generally is not much of a priority for the woke urban political class. In New York, Rep. Ocasio Alexandria Cortez’s allies succeeded in driving Amazon’s new headquarters out of her district. Meanwhile her socialist comrades in Seattle have helped persuade the on-line giant to relocate more of its employees out to a massive new building in the suburb of Bellevue while the Emerald City hosts a rising homeless population.

    The demographics of ultra-progressivism

    Ironically, this far-left trend partially can be traced to the post-2000 urban resurgence, sparked by the now unappreciated pragmatic mayors who made cities safer and more business friendly. Safe streets and thriving businesses lured large numbers of young people, many well-educated and mostly liberal, to the urban core in numbers not seen for generations.

    Yet since the 1970s the middle class in cities has been in a precipitous decline while poverty has remained stubbornly high. Philadelphia’s central core, for example, rebounded between 2000 and 2014, but for every one district that gained in income, two suffered income declines. In 1970, half of Chicago was middle class; today, according to a new University of Illinois study, that number is down to 16 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of poor people has risen from 42 to 62 percent.”


  9. The 2019 National Convention of the Democratic Socialists of America happened this weekend. 🙂

    And the Babylon Bee covered it. 🙂


    “Democratic Socialist Convention Forced To Communicate Via Interpretive Dance To Avoid Offending Any Attendees”

    “The 2019 National Convention of the Democratic Socialists of America got off to a good start, with presenters, speakers, and DSA leaders giving inspiring speeches and policy papers while being really, really careful not to use any gendered language.”


    “Conference speakers then gave speeches calling for the death of capitalism and the seizure of the means of production entirely by coordinated dance numbers. One particularly powerful dance entitled “The Blood Flows from the Animal Farm and It Is Delicious” had dancers reenact the Bolshevik Revolution. It would have garnered a standing ovation, but standing is considered ableism, so it only got jazz hands. Then a man without hands performed a scathing solo dance routine to inform everyone that jazz hands were very triggering to him. Everyone tried to apologize with sign language but only made things worse.”

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  10. Hopelessness and hate. A deadly combination.


    “Nobody ever paid serious attention to Santino Legan, Patrick Crusius, or Connor Betts before they went on shooting rampages that have made national headlines. Legan killed three people and injured 13 others July 28 at a California food festival before killing himself. Crusius killed 20 people and injured 26 more Saturday in El Paso, Texas, before surrendering to police. Betts killed nine people and injured 20 others in the wee hours of Sunday morning in Dayton, Ohio, before he was shot to death by police. None of these mass murderers had previous criminal records, and all three were young white men — Legan was 19, Crusius is 21, Betts was 24 — who might be described colloquially as nerds or losers. Politicians and pundits rushed to interpret these atrocities in a political context, but the rise of a genuine terrorist threat from such “lone wolf” killers — misfits or outcasts, filled with feelings of frustration and hopelessness — might better be understood from a sociological or psychological perspective.

    The back-to-back shootings in El Paso and Dayton, occurring within a span of 14 hours, caused some commentators to lump them together as part of a singular phenomenon. Crusius and Betts, however, had almost diametrically opposed political views. Crusius posted a four-page “manifesto” ranting against immigrants and citing as his inspiration a March shooting rampage in New Zealand. Betts, by contrast, was an avowed leftist, a Trump-hater who used his social-media accounts to express support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Satanism. While the El Paso massacre was clearly intended as an act of terrorism, no one yet knows what inspired the slaughter in Dayton, where those killed by Betts included his own 22-year-old sister and her boyfriend. The biggest clue to the motive of Legan, who attacked the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California last month, was an Instagram post urging people to read Might Is Right, an 1896 book by anarchist Arthur Desmond. Using the pseudonym “Ragnar Redbeard,” Desmond wrote a sort of synthesis of Darwin and Nietzsche and, while white supremacy is one element of the book’s theme, Desmond’s main arguments are against Christianity and democracy. An FBI agent investigating the Gilroy massacre was cautious about ascribing motive. “We continue to try to understand who the shooter was, what motivated him, and whether he was aligned with any particular ideology,” Special Agent Craig Fair said at a press conference last week, explaining that the FBI was researching Legan’s online activity to understand the killer’s “mindset, ideological beliefs, intentions … to get a holistic picture of him.”

    Such caution was entirely absent in the reactions of politicians to the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Appearing on MSNBC Sunday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) blamed President Trump for having “created a national emergency of rampant white nationalism across the country.” On CNN, meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) blamed Trump’s “language that is racist, that is virulently anti-immigrant” for having inspired “mentally unstable people in this country who see that as a sign to do terrible, terrible things.” Such comments, however, ignore the fact that similar shooting rampages had been occurring periodically long before Trump’s presidency. From the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in the suburbs of Denver to Micah Xavier Johnson’s 2016 sniper attack on police in Dallas, it’s possible to recite a lengthy list of such incidents that could not possibly have been incited by Trump’s rhetoric. And as for “mentally unstable people” doing “terrible, terrible things,” perhaps Sen. Sanders should recall that it was one of his admirers, James T. Hodgkinson, who opened fire on Republican congressmen at a baseball practice in June 2017.

    If we set aside politics and focus instead on the individual perpetrators, what we perceive is that the killers in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton shared a demographic similarity — young, white, and male — and that they also apparently shared a sense of hopelessness. Only someone who has no hope for future happiness would commit such atrocities. In Legan’s case, officials say he ended his rampage by shooting himself, while Crusius wrote in his “manifesto” that he expected to die during his attack. In other words, their intention was suicidal, and if we know less about Betts’s intent, the consequence was the same. We must therefore ask why these young men considered their own lives so worthless that death was preferable.”


  11. Now the NYTimes is changing headlines to appease the screeching leftists.



    The NYTimes, all the news that’s fit to manipulate for Democrat political gain.


  12. I guess the left can’t handle the truth.

    After finally getting around to mentioning the politics behind the Dayton shooter over at CNN, they get backlash from lefties who can’t deal with the truth.



  13. And of course the media’s lefty firefighters are falling all over themselves to bury his politics, unlike the El Paso shooter, who fits their narrative better.



  14. —————–

    No, they aren’t.


  15. Nope, no bias here….



  16. HRW,

    You were here yesterday once again spreading this tiresome lie, like most of the media, so this is for you.








    And Obama did it to restrict the rights of troops returning from war. He thought they were too unstable to own guns. Ironic, no?


  17. I was going to mock Trump for mistaken Toledo for Dayton but then Biden mixed up Ohio and Michigan.

    Now that cognitive nightmare of a Biden-Trump debate has been given some real life credence.

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  18. The victims aren’t even buried yet but Democrats are already using them to fundraise.



    “Rahm Emanuel once famously said that you should never let a crisis go to waste. Democrats have apparently taken that message to heart.

    The DNC and Democratic candidates sent out fundraising emails after the two shootings over the weekend.

    Cortney O’Brien reports at Townhall:

    Democrats Are Fundraising Off of El Paso, Dayton Shootings…

    Democrats are blaming President Trump’s rhetoric for influencing the El Paso shooter and the anti-immigrant manifesto he penned before Saturday’s massacre. But they seem to have no issue trying to fundraise off of the tragedy, as well as Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said she’s “heartbroken” about the shootings, which left 31 people dead, then asked for money for Sens. Doug Jones (D-AL) and Tina Smith (D-MN) in their respective Senate campaigns.

    Here’s part of the email Warren’s campaign sent (emphasis by Townhall):

    Yesterday, we woke up to the second mass shooting in just as many days. I’m heartbroken for El Paso and Dayton, and to all the families who have just endured unimaginable loss.

    We need commonsense gun reform — now, before the next mass shooting, to stop the daily gun violence on our streets, and to make sure that our families and loved ones are safe.

    But Mitch McConnell and Republicans in the Senate are blocking legislation that could help address this epidemic.

    During the last election, we flipped the House. And in February, the Democratic-led House passed bipartisan legislation that would make a meaningful impact on this crisis.

    But five months after passing the House, and more than six and a half years after Sandy Hook, that bill is still sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk. It’s inexcusable.

    It’s clear Republicans don’t have the courage to do something about this crisis. We can’t wait for them to act — because they won’t. If we’re going to address the gun violence epidemic in our country, we need to take back the Senate in 2020…

    Will you chip in today to help Democrats flip the Senate? Your donation will be split among funds that will go to the eventual Democratic Senate nominees in 23 races and Senators Doug Jones and Tina Smith.

    Kamala Harris also sent out an appeal:”


  19. Like I said. Sick.



    “CNN Contributor Deletes Tweet Referring to McConnell as ‘#MassacreMoscowMitch’”

    “CNN contributor and New York Times writer Wajahat Ali tweeted his approval that #MassacreMoscowMitch was trending on Twitter, then deleted the tweet after conservatives condemned it.”


  20. When I first heard of the Dayton shooting, given the context I thought it was a probably a black shooter. And if I was correct this story would’ve died early (except for the death toll) but once it was known the shooter was white, media attention stayed. The shooting was clearky personal and targeted. His political leanings although intetesting ….see even leftists own guns in the US….are not relevant to motive. He clearly wanted to shoot his sister and boyfriend. The others were collateral. His actions highlight the need for gun control and a complete ban on some guns. Forced to use gun with less fire power, he may still have killed the targeted two but not other four.


  21. You mad? 🙂


    Too bad. 🙂


  22. Different headlines for different editions are not unusual. Targetted marketing and the beauty of capitalism in action. Thr NYT isnt bending to their audience anymore than FOX or all the local restaurants suddenly offering beyond meat burgers.


  23. More details on the Dayton shooter.


    “EXCLUSIVE: Man who drove with Dayton mass shooter and sister before massacre was his best friend – who Connor Betts then shot and is now cops’ best hope of finding motive for murders

    The man who drove to Dayton with Connor Betts before his mass shooting can be revealed as Charles ‘Chace’ Beard, 24, the gunman’s best friend

    Beard was shot and critically wounded outside the Ned Peppers Bar – where Betts also gunned down his own sister Megan

    The three had driven from their family homes in Dayton suburb of Bellbrook to the Oregon District before Betts’ mass shooting early Sunday morning

    Beard and Megan are not believed to be romantically involved; he is said to be in a relationship with another woman but was friends with Betts at high school

    Confusingly, Beard was also on ‘kill list’ of targets he drew up when he was at the school

    Revelation will deepen mystery over motive for Betts’ mass shooting, which cops do not believe was linked to the El Paso shooting the previous day”


  24. Agreed….red flag rules seem knee jerk and preemptive. And could easily be arbitrary and discriminatory, depenfing on the mindset of the local sherrif.

    Background checks seem more fair with a standard criteria. Create a list of reasons to decline gun ownership as opposed to arbitrary red flags. For example; criminal record, restraining order, mental health hospitalization in the last five years, PTSD, under power of attorney (yes Obama’s rule was a good idea) etc.

    Sure some might have their gun rights limited due to these types of rules s build in an appeal process. Yes even exsoldiers, many people fighting in wars should never be given a weapon outside a war zone.


  25. HRW,

    The NYT bowed to pressure.

    Here’s more, but what I want to stress is not that particular NYT story. It’s the one that follows at the end…..


    “Chaser: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has this morning revived Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against the Times for its editorial a while back “linking” Palin to the Gabby Giffords shooting back in 2011. Here’s the relevant bit of the opinion:

    This case is ultimately about the First Amendment, but the subject matter implicated in this appeal is far less dramatic: rules of procedure and pleading standards. Sarah Palin appeals the dismissal of her defamation complaint against The New York Times (“the Times”) for failure to state a claim. The district court (Rakoff, J.), uncertain as to whether Palin’s complaint plausibly alleged all of the required elements of her defamation claim, held an evidentiary hearing to test the sufficiency of Palin’s pleadings. Following the hearing, and without converting the proceeding to one for summary judgment, the district court relied on evidence adduced at that hearing to dismiss Palin’s complaint under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). We find that the district court erred in relying on facts outside the pleadings to dismiss the complaint. We further conclude that Palin’s Proposed Amended Complaint plausibly states a claim for defamation and may proceed to full discovery.

    Fun times! In mean, fun Times!”


    Here the ruling reinstating Palin suit against the NYT. 🙂



    Just imagine the fun if other Republicans started suing for the false nonsense the NYT prints about them.


  26. It’s a tough read Michelle, hence the warning. But as bad as it is, people should know. This stuff should be exposed and destroyed, utterly and completely.

    Evil exists, this shows it without a doubt. And they don’t even try to hide it.


  27. The McConnell protests need some context. A bipartisan bill passed the house requiring background checks (one Trump promises to sign) but McConnell has so far not allowed it to come to a vote in the Senate. Thus some claim he has blood on his hands or is an accomplice to murder.

    The cardboard cutouts were at first funny but then I thought about it. In the Obama picture, his volunteers were offering a drink to Clinton his then opponent. Not sure if they were implying she was a drunk, but juvenile antics aside pretty harmless. However Mitch’s volunteers did not have a cut out of his opponent rather it was AOC. Now I’m sure McConnell would like to run against her in Kentucky but he’s not so why a cutout of her? And instead of offering her a drink, some of boys were pretty creepy….hands on throat, kiss, and arm around waist.

    AOC has been targeted all over the internet by various groups. The threats come from mostly young white men (some in law enforcement or politics), and most promise some type of combination of violence and sexually assault. Given the context I can understand AOC’s concern and McConnel should be a little less cavalier.

    Here’s his probable opponent; probably not the woman these young men would mess with


    It appears McConnell seems fine with rude behaviour



  28. No the NYT is acting in accordance to the basic principles of the free market.

    Palin will lose eventually. In the UK she might win but not in the US. I wonder who’s paying her lawyer.

    Yes imagine if politicians sued every time the media said something bad abiut them…..there goes the First Amendment along with the Times and FOX.


  29. The elephant in the room. And again the argument is made about how many details is too many details, and what the public has a right to know. Personally I go from one side to other, wanting to know, but fearing maybe I shouldn’t know it all, not to mention the toll some of these details can leave on your psyche, like the above with the warning……


    “America desperately needs to have a conversation, and it’s very different than the one we have been having when reflecting on mass murders. Despite the hysteria that these events cause, there is no significant upwards trend. These crimes have been a part of the public sphere in the U.S. since the country’s inception. While most studies reflect the better-recorded data in the latter half of the 20th century, mass killings were just as prevalent in the 1920s and 30s, although the use of a firearm was less common.

    Sometime in the last few decades, Americans have lost to ability to think rationally about mass killings. We are collectively trying to blame some other factor besides the individuals themselves. However, access to guns has never been cited as a reason for a mass shooting and mass killings share no correlation in ideology. No one political party, no one race or ethnicity, no one religion, etc. is a constant factor, but there are specific commonalities between mass shooters that are never widely discussed over the calls for gun control and party reform.”


    “The Aftermath

    Most research suggests that the media’s role in glorifying the aftermath of a mass shooting is dysfunctional. Early reporting is often inaccurate, and is overall plain harmful. News agencies see spikes in their ratings or readership when these crimes occur and will over-explain the situation down to needless details to exploit the monetary benefits of the larger audience. This Journal of Crime and Justice study asserts that the most salient predictors of how much media coverage a mass shooting receives depends on the race or ethnicity of the shooter as well as the victim count. Mainstream media essentially becomes a broker for tragedy porn and even though it is awful, they are meeting the demand put on them with a justifiable public outcry for more information.

    Schools and facilities that implement safety measures are focused on protocols around the response to a future attack and these procedures ignore the factors that lead to the crime in the first place. Furthermore, these policies tend to be “shortsighted and damaging” since mass shootings are still very rare events (accounting for only 0.13% of all gun deaths between 1989 and 2014). Because of the fourth planning stage and the familiarity that the shooter has with the targeted location, most measures can be adapted to and overcome. For example, the recent Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter entered the event through a creek and wooded area to avoid the metal detectors that were placed at the gate.

    You may have noticed how politicians jump at opportunities to discuss recent attacks whether on conventional media or social media. This is because contributions to politicians’ spike after these tragedies and they take advantage. Gun policies are constantly in debate and deadlocked in state legislatures and politicians tend to “use salient events to create opportunities for [policy] changes that have been sought all along.” [Harvard Business School study – PDF file]

    States that have experienced one mass shooting will see at least an 16% increase in gun policy legislation introduced within the following year. Democrat-controlled areas will seek to restrict firearm purchases while Republican-controlled areas will seek to loosen existing gun regulations. Researchers have a strong consensus that while either policy step regarding firearms may impact “ordinary” gun crimes, they will have zero effect on future mass shootings.

    Of all the scholar research done regarding mass shootings, the greatest agreement is that there has not been enough research to develop effective prevention policies and legislation, yet.”

    So what is Congress waiting for? If we can spend billions researching why duck penises are shrinking and other useless endeavors, surely something as important as this deserves a little research money, maybe a commission to study it, something….

    Whether you think, guns, political ideology, drugs, malaise, depression, mental illness, or whatever is the cause, surely we can agree, there’s a problem, and get to solving it already.


  30. I didn’t even know there was such a thing. But it does show the level of depravity in this, and like individuals. Why would anyone be shocked that such people might also turn out to have no respect for human life, and turn out to be a mass murder?

    This isn’t left or right, it’s evil. It’s right out in the open, and it appears there must be venues out there allowing such “concerts”. Those places and people enabling and profiting from this need to be exposed.


  31. Olasky:



    Rush-to-judgment pundits left and right are opining about the two shootings this weekend. Nothing they or anyone else says will bring back to life the 31 who died. Words won’t repair the spirit of those who loved them or heal the bodies of the many who were injured. But for the rest of us, before the blame game goes into extra innings—let’s take a deep breath. …

    … One book of the Bible has the name Lamentations, and the two mass shootings are certainly an occasion for lament. But no book of the Bible has a title, The-Sky-Is-Falling. That’s because in ancient times and modern times God holds up the sky—so this is neither a time for panic, nor a time to say America is in worse shape than ever before. …

    … Over the years the (National Brotherhood) Week idea weakened and presidents stopped proclaiming it. Maybe President Donald Trump should Make NBW Great Again. He’s added to the problem by portraying opponents as enemies and using dehumanizing language. His political opponents also bear responsibility, but as possessor of the “bully pulpit” that goes with his office, President Trump has a special calling.

    A back-and-forth now about who turned debate into warfare is not helpful. It’s better to emphasize some areas where left and right can agree, and others where left and right can agree to disagree without creating enemies lists.

    First, can we agree not to encourage either “send her back” or “jail to the chief” chants? When tempted … read Chapter 3 of James in the New Testament, where the apostle explains, “The tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! The tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness … a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

    Second, let’s not thump each other over the head with big Bibles in an attempt to stake out a definitive Biblical position on guns and government. …

    … Third, the Bible does feature an analysis of human nature that goes well with what history teaches us: From both we see we are sinful people who misuse weapons, but we also have sinful governments that slide into dictatorships. …

    … Fourth … the Constitution does include a right to keep and bear arms precisely because the Founders feared tyranny, so any ban on all weapons should require a Constitutional amendment, not just legislative or judicial finagling.

    … We by nature are haters. Tongues sooner or later express what we think and feel. Happily, only a few turn murderous thoughts into murderous actions, but for them and all of us, the only lasting remedy is a heart change that only God’s grace, because of Christ’s sacrifice, will bring about.

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  32. Lucy has some ‘splainin’ to do…..


    “Feds probing AOC’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti after sudden resignation”

    “The feds are looking into possible campaign finance misdeeds by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff and lead rainmaker, who suddenly resigned Friday, federal sources told The Post.

    The inquiry centers on two political action committees founded by Saikat Chakrabarti, the top aide who quit along with Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent, the sources said. Trent left to join the congresswoman’s 2020 re-election campaign.

    The brash Chakrabarti, who masterminded Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign and steered her proposed Green New Deal, had caused uproar in the halls of Congress with a series of combative tweets that contributed to a rift between his rookie boss and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    “People were not happy that he used his Twitter account to comment about members and the bills that he and his boss oppose,” a senior House Democratic staffer said. “There was a series of colliding and cascading grievances.”

    The two PACs being probed, Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, were both set up by Chakrabarti to support progressive candidates across the country.

    But they funneled more than $1 million in political donations into two private companies that Chakrabarti also incorporated and controlled, according to Federal Election Commission filings and a complaint filed in March with the regulatory agency.”


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